Ewan McGregor to Star in A Gentleman in Moscow Adaptation


Emmy Award winner Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, Halston, Trainspotting) has been cast to lead the drama series A Gentleman in Moscow, an adaptation of Amor Towles’ best-selling novel.

McGregor will star as Count Alexander Rostov, who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history. Spared of immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again.

A Gentleman in Moscow is produced by eOne in association with VIS. The series will debut exclusively on Paramount+ internationally and on Showtime in the U.S.

The series is written by showrunner and executive producer Ben Vanstone (All Creatures Great and Small, The Last Kingdom). It is the first production to come through eOne’s first-look deal with Tom Harper’s Popcorn Storm Pictures.

Harper (War and Peace, Peaky Blinders) will also executive produce with Xavier Marchand (Nautilus, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris) and author Towles.

McGregor, who is also executive producer on the series, said: “It’s an amazing, wonderful story, and I am very excited to get to play such a fabulous role.”

Harper said: “The book is a rare and delicious treat, and I fell in love with it the moment I picked it up six years ago. We are thrilled that Amor entrusted this brilliant team with bringing the Metropol to life and couldn’t be more delighted that Ewan will be playing the Count.”